June 30th, 2009
02:25 PM ET
5 years ago

BREAKING: Minnesota's highest court rules for Al Franken

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Al Franken Tuesday.
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Al Franken Tuesday.

(CNN) - Minnesota's Supreme Court has dismissed former Sen. Norm Coleman's challenge to the state's November election results and declared Democratic challenger Al Franken the winner.

The unanimous opinion ruled that Franken "received the highest number of votes legally cast" and is entitled "to receive the certificate of election as United States senator from the state of Minnesota."

The former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer had declared victory in the disputed race after a recount ended in January, but Coleman - a Republican who had been seeking a second six-year term - went to court to challenge those results.

Coleman still could attempt to take the challenge to federal courts, but Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, told CNN on Sunday that he would sign Franken's election certificate if the Supreme Court ordered it.

Updated: 2:25 p.m.

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Filed under: Al Franken • Minnesota • Norm Coleman
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Steve

    The roles have been reversed. Al Franken is now a politician and Norm Coleman is a Comedian.

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Jared

    wh00 h00!!!

    Today is a GREAT day!

    This man will quickly be seen to be one of the most intelligent and ethical elected officials we've ever had in the USA.

    This is a great day for America.

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Adam

    The judicial branch never mattered to Republicans before, why should it now?

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Goodman Fredrick

    Republican party has reached a low point! Acting like fourth world countries do. Why do they even open their mouth when it comes to other countries?

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. John Hummel

    @Randolph Carter: Not of Pawlenty signs the election results as he just promised. I think even Coleman will be glad to see this done- the amount of money he was expending with no hope of winning has been turning off donors.

    Congrats to Mr. Franken, and I hope he will serve his post honorably.

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Peter

    "I'll sign the election certificate if the Supreme Court orders it." Now there's a governor looking after the best interests of his state – oh, wait, the best interest of the Party of Holier-than-thou Philanderers.

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Christopher, Louisville

    I thought Republicans liked it when courts determine the outcome of elections they didn't actually win.

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Cheri Abraham

    Finally! Minnesota can be fairly represented in Washington. Let this be final. I beg former senator Colman to let go of this ridiculous fight. We have a fresh voice and new senator; his name is Senator Al Franken.

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Mike from Vancouver BC

    ...and we thought Iranian elections were bad.

    June 30, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. The Real "No Incumbents 2010"

    We knew that Franken won a long time ago, after millions of dollars wasted in frivilous litigation by Coleman.
    Minnesota deserves two Senators, not a sore loser and baseless lawsuits.

    June 30, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Mike

    ....and how much did all of this nonsense cost the state of Minnasota? Let's face it, the people of that state should be furious. Coleman played politics with their money. So much for being a gracious loser.

    June 30, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Coleman still could attempt to take the challenge to federal courts, but Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, told CNN on Sunday that he would sign Franken's election certificate if the Supreme Court ordered it.

    Tim Pawlenty better sign if he want to run for President in 2012.

    June 30, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Ken Burch

    C'mon Norm. Just admit it's over. You know this proves you lost.

    June 30, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Change in America

    Congratulation Al franken you deserve to be the senate for Minn
    I would tell Coleman to pay for court cost and lawyer fee's.

    It a happy day for the Demoncrate

    June 30, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Caribbeing

    It's about time this farce has ended. Coleman needs to just go away gracefully but as another clueless Republican he just hasn't gotten the message that it is his time to go. He is selfishness has cost the people of Minnesota their right to be represented properly in Washington for too long in these very volatile times. Congrats to Minnesota for finally ending this sad comedy.

    June 30, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Scott

    The US Supreme Court won't touch this but it will drag on a little longer while everything's filed and such. Way to go, Al!

    June 30, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. rob10001

    If the Party of NO appeals Franken's victory to a higher court after a unanimous decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court, they will become the Party of NONE.

    June 30, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. ninos

    The GOP will continue the stall tactics!

    June 30, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Nutmegger

    At last.

    June 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. wesley mcintosh

    It's about time. Now, what will the Minnesota governor do? This may just eliminate another republican governor for the 2012 presidential race, based on what he does. Thinking about a little more, he’s screwed either way. You can't ask for any better situation room.

    June 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Obama Victim

    from the state that elected a wrestler govenor....Minnesota should be soooooooo proud

    June 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Kim

    Yeah!

    June 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    RIDICULOUS! didnt this election happen in november?

    June 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. @BigMisterC

    Justice!!!!

    June 30, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Ian Reynolds

    Al Franken issue is 1,000 times more important story on news than Sanford.

    Media should interview Franken on National News and top his story.

    Franken will now get some legislature enacted.

    Finally !!

    June 30, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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